Gamla Stan (old town), Stockholm. Cobble stone streets, narrow winding alleyways, brightly colored buildings, tourists, and street cafes; the old town of Stockholm fits the ideal of a classic European city and is a wonderful place to wander around, day or night.
Overlooking the Firth of Lorne, the ruins of Gylen castle sit on a cliff at the southern end of Kerrera island. Build in 1582 by clan MacDougall, the castle met its demise in 1647 when it was burned by the Covenanters during the civil war.
On Easter Sunday we took a lazy afternoon trip over to the historic city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It’s one of the cooler cities that I’ve been to here, and judging by the hordes of guidebook carrying tourists of all nationalities, I’m not alone in my thinking.
A cool old wall surrounds the town, which after climbing a flight of stairs, one can walk around on and enjoy a rooftop view across the city. Anywhere one looked, cool old towers were rising into the sky. Cobble stone streets and colorful old buildings finished up the mood.
Hohenstein is the highest point in the area so I thought I would head there after wandering around in the snowy forest on Wednesday afternoon. Hiking through knee deep snow up the path to the castle the world became thoroughly cold and the sun vanished behind the clouds as the the next snow flurry settled in. I could see Auerbach off in the distance, nice and bright and sunny. Soon enough, but not after nicely frozen hands, the sun was back out again for a few fleeting moments before winter once again took over.
Warm winter light on a cold winter day at Hohenstein a few weeks back.
A couple more photo’s from Tuesday night.
Tilt-Shift panoramic of from above Pottenstein. I don’t often use ’tilt’ – to change the plane of focus – while making panos, but sometimes I think it gives a nice touch, as in this photo.
Burg Pottenstein, with it’s history dating back a 1000 years watches over the meeting of the three valleys: the Püttlach, the Weihersbach and the Haselbrunn.
Arrived at the Walhalla temple on new year’s eve as the sun was getting low on the horizon. Warm light on a cold winter day.